Photo by Sonia Mendez Garcia

The Green Sauce: Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
This is one of my absolute favorite salsas! I love how easy it comes together... Just put it all in the blender!

If there was one salsa that I could eat directly from a straw, this would be it (lol)! It is truly addicting. My mom would make this salsa whenever she prepared shredded beef taquitos. When I got married and moved away, this was one of the first salsas, besides pico de gallo, that I had already mastered. I made it for every party, dinner, you name it. My Anglo friends nicknamed it "The Green Sauce" because they could never remember how to pronounce tomatillos. So to this day, I call it the green sauce.

This recipe yields about 4 cups if using 2 avocados.


  • 6 - 8 tomatillos peeled, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 - 3 serrano peppers or jalapeño peppers, roughly chopped (removing seeds is optional for a milder salsa)
  • 1/4 white onion chopped
  • 2 avocados or 1 large avocado if you don't want your sauce too creamy
  • handful cilantro washed (I like a lot of cilantro for this recipe)
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • salt to taste
  • garlic optional

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  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the blender. Blend on high until smooth. Taste for salt. I sometimes add a tiny bit of water for easier blending.

Chef Notes

For a taquería-style avocado salsa, poach the tomatillos, chiles and onions until soft. Let cool, then blend as directed with remaining fresh ingredients.

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